These are home remedies that worked for my loved ones, friends, and I. Before giving them a try, do consult your doctor to be sure you are not putting yourself in any harm. Some are not the best tasting but are worth a try.
Stomach cramps and bloating
Bicarbonate of soda: This is my number one go-to remedy for bloating and cramps. Just add half a teaspoon in half a glass of lukewarm water and drink. It starts to work in seconds.
- Apple Cider Vinegar: The best to use is unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the ‘mother’. This is the good bacteria that promote gut health and will aid in bowel movements. Take 1 tablespoon with a cup of warm water every morning.
- Psyllium Husk: This is a form of fiber that one can purchase at any Dischem Pharmacy or Indian spice store. Stir in a tablespoon of the fiber in a glass of cold water and will soon have a bowel movement.
- Aloe Gel: This one is not for everyone but it works like magic. Just get an aloe leaf from an aloe plant from your neighbors’ yard or along the many South African highways :-). Better yet, plant your own aloe tree. Cut the leaf in half and scrape the sticky gel in the middle. Blend it, drink a tablespoon with half a glass of water.
- Ginger: This has been the best for me for relief for a sore throat. You can either purchase fresh ginger or powder ginger. I prefer ginger in powder form because its cheaper and lasts longer even though fresh ginger is more potent. I just chew the ginger root itself for quick results. You can add the ginger powder to warm water and drink it as ginger tea for that soothing relief.
- Mint green tea: This one is not really a home remedy, but it also provides relief and is inexpensive.
- Raw Honey and Lemon: Warm 1 tablespoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Drink or lick lol to get relief immediately.
- Iboza (also known as a ginger bush): This is another plant that grows everywhere in KZN and has amazing benefits. Crush the leaves and add warm water. Drink at least 2 tablespoons to help relieve dry coughs.
Hot Flushes due to Menopause
Hibiscus Tea: The Hibiscus plant is commonly found on the south coast of KZN. Its flower varies from pink, red, white, and orange. Use the flower petals to make the tea by just adding them in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool, and strain the tea to remove the petals before consumption. This will help reduce the reoccurring of hot flushes. Hibiscus tea also has other amazing benefits such as lowering blood pressure, fighting bacteria, and preventing cancer.
Blackstrap Molasses: Add 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses to a glass of warm milk. Drink before bed if you struggle with sleepless nights and in need of better sleep. Blackstrap molasses is said to have 8% of the daily value required for calcium and 10% for magnesium, so give it a try.
Garlic: Take a clove of garlic with a glass of water every morning on an empty stomach. Do this 2 days before your period, as well as during your period. and you will notice pain subside drastically.
Cayenne Pepper: Sprinkle the pepper in a cup of warm water and drink 1st thing in the morning. This helps to reduce bloating, gas, and cramping. Cayenne pepper has been known also to reduce heavy flow.
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